Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People
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Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People : Over 325 Ready-to-Use Words and Phrases for Working with Challenging Personalities

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The key to a harmonious, highly effective work environment is not by ensuring you work among carbon-copies of yourself whose personalities never clash with one another or with you. That pipe dream could not ever happen, nor would it result in a successful team collaboration even if it could. Instead, most of us are going to work today with individuals who at times come across as incompetent, lazy, spotlight-hugging, whiny, or backstabbing. And then tomorrow we go to work with them again . . . and again . . . and again.Like it or not, the bulk of our waking hours are spent with people at work--people who can grate on our nerves. Therefore, learning to interact effectively with difficult employees, colleagues, and bosses is an absolute essential for our success. With Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People, anyone can learn how to confront head-on the difficult situations that can arise when dealing with these personalities, before they fester and spread. Helpful features inside this practical and easy-to-use book include:* Thirty common personality traits, behaviors, and workplace scenarios along with the phrases that work best with each * Nonverbal communication skills to back up your words * Sample dialogues that demonstrate how phrasing improves interactions * A five-step process for moving from conflict to resolution * "Why This Works" sections that provide detailed explanationsButton-pushing situations are going to come up today at work--and tomorrow too. Don't let them rent space inside of you and turning everything to mold. Instead, choose to deploy simple phrases to regain control and resolve conflicts. When you do, you, your colleagues, and your company will be all the better for it!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 16mm | 249g
  • Amacom
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • Special ed
  • 0814432980
  • 9780814432983
  • 183,707

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It's not the work that's so hard--it's the people. The micromanaging control freak. The boss who takes credit for everything. The coworker who regularly strolls in late and takes leisurely breaks.



There's no escaping problematic personalities. And there's no point fighting or letting tensions simmer. Instead, learn to build positive, productive relationships with everyone in your workplace--and put your career on an unstoppable upward trajectory.



Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People is an all-in-one trouble-shooting guide for resolving any kind of conflict with your boss or coworkers. Organized for quick lookup, the book helps you identify situations that push your emotional buttons. It offers powerful tools for defusing potentially explosive situations, including:



- 325 phrases that lead to constructive conflict-resolution conversations

- 20 challenging coworker behaviors, with specific phrases and actions for dealing with each

- 10 difficult boss personality types, with guidelines for working through problems with each

- Tips for recovering from blunders you may have caused yourself

- A five-step process for turning bad situations into positive ones

- Nonverbal communication skills to back up your words

- "I" phrases, phrases of apology, phrases of compromise, and other useful words for building relationships

- "Why This Works" and "Something to Think About" sections that clarify tactics



Don't get bogged down by people who are incompetent, hog the spotlight, whine, backstab, avoid work, or create other problems. You can interact effectively with even the most challenging people by using these pithy, powerful solutions for quickly resolving workplace strife.



Renée Evenson is a small-business consultant specializing in workplace communication and conflict-resolution strategies. Her previous books include Powerful Phrases for Effective Customer Service and Customer Service Training 101. She lives in Saint Simons Island, Georgia.
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Table of contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgmentsix

Introduction1



PART 1

Powerful Phrases + Actions = Successful

Work Relationships



1 Communicating Powerful Phrases7

Resolving Conflict: The Wrong Way 9

Why This Doesn't Work 10

Begin with "I" Phrases 10

Phrases of Understanding 13

Phrases of Apology 15

Phrases of Compromise 16

Phrases of Resolution 19

Phrases of Reconciliation 21

Resolving Conflict: The Right Way 22

Why This Works 24

2 Actions That Enhance Powerful Phrases27

Resolving Conflict: The Wrong Way 29

Why This Doesn't Work 30

Body Language 31

Facial Expressions 34

Tone of Voice 36

Assertiveness 38

Resolving Conflict: The Right Way 41

Why This Works 43



PART 2

Effective Conflict Resolution = Strengthened

Work Relationships



3 Five Steps to Effective Conflict Resolution47

Resolving Conflict: The Wrong Way 49

Why This Doesn't Work 50

Step 1: Think First 51

Step 2: Gain a Better Understanding 53

Step 3: Define the Problem 56

Step 4: Offer Your Best Solution 57

Step 5: Agree on the Resolution 61

Resolving Conflict: The Right Way 63

Why This Works 66



4 Powerful Phrases for Challenging

Coworker Situations69

Basic Rules When Confronting a Coworker 70

How to Deal with a Backstabber 71

How to Deal with a Brownnoser 76

How to Deal with a Bully 81

How to Deal with a Credit Taker 85

How to Deal with a Criticizer 89

How to Deal with an Ethics Violator 94

How to Deal with an Excessive Emailer 98

How to Deal with a Gossipmonger 102

How to Deal with a Know-It-All 106

How to Deal with a Late-Nick 111

How to Deal with a Loudmouth 115

How to Deal with a Meeting Monopolizer 119

How to Deal with a Mistake Maker 123

How to Deal with a Negative Nelly 128

How to Deal with a Personal Hygiene Offender 132

How to Deal with a Personal Space Invader 136

How to Deal with a Slacker 139

How to Deal with a TMI'er 144

How to Deal with a Whiner 148

How to Deal with a Wimp 151



5 Powerful Phrases for Challenging

Situations with Your Boss155

Basic Rules When Confronting Your Boss 156

How to Deal with an Abusive Boss 157

How to Deal with a Controlling Boss 162

How to Deal with an Egotistical Boss 167

How to Deal with an Incompetent Boss 172

How to Deal with an Inconsistent Boss 177

How to Deal with a Micromanaging Boss 181

How to Deal with a Noncommunicative Boss 186

How to Deal with a Passive Boss 191

How to Deal with a Reactive Boss 195

How to Deal with an Unethical Boss 200



6 Powerful Phrases for Situations You Cause207

Resolving Conflict: The Wrong Way 209

Why This Doesn't Work 210

Step 1: Think First 211

Step 2: Gain a Better Understanding 213

Step 3: Define the Problem 216

Step 4: Offer Your Best Solution 218

Step 5: Agree on the Resolution 220

Resolving Conflict: The Right Way 221

Why This Works 223



About the Author225
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Review quote

"Isn't workplace harmony worth a try? Wouldn't you rather have truce than trouble? If the answer to those questions is affirmative, then grab this book." --Houston Style Magazine
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About Renee Evenson

REN'E EVENSON is a small-business consultant specializing in workplace communication and conflict resolution strategies. She is the author of several books, including Powerful Phrases for Effective Customer Service and Customer Service Training 101.
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